A chat with Dave Faulkner ahead of Under the Southern Stars 2019

The countdown is well and truly on for the Gold Coast leg of the much anticipated Under The Southern Stars travelling rock extravaganza, at the Broadwater Parklands on Saturday 19 January.

It was recently announced that both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast shows have been expanded as all-ages events, which will no doubt please the legion of young fans of Sheppard, one of the major drawcards appearing on these two legs of the tour.

The bumper line-up also features Oz rock royalty The Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, British India, The Superjesus, The Getaway Plan, Eskimo Joe and Scott Darlow.

In the lead up we’ve already thrown the spotlight on long time Aussie legends You Am I. So this time around, I took time to chat with affable Hoodoo Gurus front man, Dave Faulkner.

With the Under The Southern Stars (UTSS) tour taking in a number of regional areas nationwide, in more far flung locations such as Shoalhaven, Port Adelaide and Port Macquarie, I ask Dave if he enjoyed getting ‘off the beaten track’ of the capital city tour treadmill and taking the rock to the people.

“Sometimes I wonder if the regional areas are actually the ones spoilt for choice these days! A lot of these travelling festivals are decentralised now, it’s kind of a lot of where the action is. We’ve played regional areas since the very beginning of the band. We’ll play wherever anyone wants to hear us. We’ve never been hiding away in enclaves, we just want to get out where the people are and have fun. We recently just played in Parkes, NSW for the first time ever. So there are still places to be conquered,” he said.

The Hoodoo Gurus have a rich touring history with fellow UTSS heavyweights You Am I, having toured with them extensively both in festival and joint headlining format. For Faulkner, it’s a case of the two bands sharing a friendly rivalry as well as a deep seated mutual respect, which tends to bring out the best in both bands.

“We’ve had a long association with You Am I,” Dave said. “They toured with us on our fifth album, back when they brought out their first album – they’ve probably caught up to us since then! But as always happens at these type of festival shows, everyone wants to be king of the castle and blow everyone else off stage. So Tim (Rogers) and the (You Am I) boys don’t give us any quarter, we both try and out-do each other, and the audience is the winner.

“And this is true of every band.”

“When we played with (60’s garage rock pioneers) The Sonics, which is a band we’ve admired all of our lives, they were trying to really kick our arse up there on stage every night. Everyone’s friendly backstage and says nice things about each other, but when you get out on stage you just want to win, you know.”

Rock and roll will indeed be the winner when The Hoodoo Gurus, together with the rest of the UTSS contingent burn up the stage at the Broadwater Parklands leg of the tour on 19 January. Interest in the festival has been strong, so be sure to get your tickets beforehand. And if you do so before the 31st of December, you’ll also go into the draw to win an electric guitar signed by a bunch of acts on the bill.

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Under the Southern Stars is at Broadwater Parklands on 19 January. The Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, British India, The Superjesus, The Getaway Plan, Eskimo Joe and Scott Darlow are all on the bill. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

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